Oakville’s Adam van Koeverden is surprising even himself in the early stages of World Cup kayak competitions. His paddle was barely dry from a gold medal effort Saturday in the 500-metre K-1 event, when he turned around and won the 1,000 K-1 event Sunday.
Sunday’s win in Duisburg, Germany, was his third World Cup gold medal showing this year. The Olympic champion turned the tables on Ben Fouhy of New Zealand to take the gold in 3:41.421. Fouhy, the 1,000 winner at the previous World Cup stop in Poland, was second in 3:42.173.
‘’I’m a little bit surprised with my start this season,’’ said van Koeverden. ‘’I’ve put a lot more focus on the technique. I had a great start last year but didn’t do as well as I wanted at the worlds. This year I’ve built a plan to keep at the top until the end of the season.’’
His win Sunday was the second major scoop by the Canadians.
Canada earned its first major international victory in a men’s K-4 race .Richard Dober of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Andrew Willows of Gananoque, Ont., Ryan Cuthbert of Carleton Place, Ont., and Steve Jorens of Richmond Hill, Ont., won a remarkable gold medal in 3:07.515. The Canadians were either second or third the entire race in what is the K-4 event at the Olympic Games.
‘’This is beyond our expectations,’’ said Dober. ‘’We had a super start and took advantage of that. We kept it together until the finish and didn’t panic. We’ve been together now for a couple of years and our experience showed. This is such a big win especially that the top countries here had two entries compared to at a worlds or an Olympics where they have one.’’
Romania was second in 3:07.771 and Belarus third in 3:08.165.
‘’It’s been a long hard road for our men’s K-4 and it has finally paid off,’’ said Graham Barton, the sprint high performance director for CanoeKayak Canada. ‘’There’s still a lot of work ahead but this is a step in the right direction. One of our big goals over the past few years was to build a strong K-4 crew.’’